A woman says her family were left terrified after officers from Counter Terrorism and GMP investigating the Texas hostage siege were seconds away from raiding the wrong house.
Several police officers were allegedly heard banging outside her father’s house in south Manchester, shouting ‘open the f*****g door’.
The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, said dozens of officers arrived outside the property at around 7am on Wednesday, January 26.
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GMP have since confirmed that officers – and North West Counter Terrorism Police cops – investigating the ‘terror incident’ in the US carried out a warrant at the family’s home.
They admitted officers had in fact attended the wrong address and said they later went back to apologize.
Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn, held four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Texas on January 15 before being shot dead.
A number of arrests have been made by Counter Terrorism Policing North West in the Manchester area in connection with the attack.
Police confirmed a man was later arrested nearby and was taken into custody.
The woman says her dad, who has health issues, was unable to get to the door before officers removed a battering ram from their vehicle.
As they were about to break in, a female officer began shouting ‘wrong house’, the woman claimed.
She says her family, who were left extremely ‘shaken’ and ‘angry’ by the incident, were not visited by police or offered an apology until several days after the incident.
Children who were also inside the house at the time were said to have been left terrified and in tears.
speaking to the manchester evening news, the woman said: “I just heard a bang, and then more bangs after that. I looked outside and there was a massive police van outside the house.
“I could see four unmarked police cars on the street.
“They were just banging on my dad’s door shouting ‘open the door’ really violently. Then they started swearing and yelling ‘open the f*****g door’.”
The woman a family member went to the upstairs window and asked the officers why they were there.
She said she then heard them shout ‘get it out of the car’ as they appeared poised to break down her dad’s front door.
“There was no way he could have got there quickly,” she said.
“Then a lady stepped out of a vehicle and just said ‘wrong house’. It was absolutely ridiculous.
“Our neighbors had come outside, it was so bad. The kids were terrified. The little one was crying.
“They didn’t even say sorry, that was the worst thing.”
The woman said she has since received a visit from the local superintendent to apologize for the incident.
“They need to think before they do things like this,” she said.
“We have lived in this community for over 30 years now and we have never had any problems at all.
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“My sister has emailed the Chief Constable, but she hasn’t heard anything back. It is just really poor from GMP. It’s unacceptable.
“If my sister had opened that door it could have been really bad. Imagine if my dad was at home on his own at that time.”
A spokesperson for GMP said: “Officers from both GMP and North West Counter Terrorism Policing Unit carried out a warrant on Wednesday (26 January 2022) as part of the on-going and fast-moving investigation into the terror incident in Texas earlier this month .
“Unfortunately, the officers attended the wrong address in error and later went back to the address to apologize.
“The family have since been given a full explanation from a senior officer who re-iterated our apologies for the distress caused.
“A man was later arrested at an address nearby and was taken into custody.”